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Southern Alps: tense cohabitation between wolves, patous and tourists


MNow that we have found how to better manage predation, it is a concern that we would have done well without. This “concern” of which Romain Riera, sheep breeder in Saint-Michel-l’Observatoire, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, speaks are guard dogs. More precisely their cohabitation with tourists, in the summer, in the mountain pastures where the farm animals graze.

In mid-June, like every season, Romain led his herd to the mountain pasture of Engins, west of Grenoble, in the Vercors massif, two hundred kilometers north of his Proven├žal farm. The only way to feed his 350 sheep, especially with this drought that has burned his pastures.

In mid-August, the wolf, present in these mountain pastures since the end of the 1990s, ate ten of them. Without the Nine Dogs of Prote…


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